Angular Momentum & Manu Propria’s Metiers d’Art “Takamaki”

p150Angular Momentum & Manu Propria are releasing yet another new timepiece with a uniquely decorated dial, the Metiers d’Art “Takamaki,” which incorporates the Japanese art of Takamakie (or “raised maki-e”). Developed in the Muromachi Period (1336–1573), the technique of takamakie involves building up layers of design patterns with a mixture of metal powder, charcoal or clay powder, and urushi lacquer.



The dial features takamaki black lacquer conches, shells, and snails in relief, imitating the sand of the ocean‘s shore, including a few small diamonds representing dew drops. As with Angular Momentum’s Year of the Snake timepiece, the aperture located at the 12 o’clock position reveals a time display using a revolving hour disk “à Souscription“. The process of applying layers of lacquer to a height of 4.20 mm took 90 days.

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